Two charged with brothel keeping in INLA probe

A man and a woman have been charged with controlling prostitution-related offences as part of the Paramilitary Crime Task Force’s investigation into the criminal activities of the INLA.

A 32-year-old man has been charged with brothel keeping and concealing criminal property.

He was arrested along with four others on Friday as the Paramilitary Crime Task Force raided 12 properties in the greater Belfast area as part of their investigation into INLA involvement in extortion and prostitution.

He is expected to appear at Belfast Magistrates' Court on Monday 16 April.

A 22-year-old woman also arrested later on Friday as part of the same operation has been charged with controlling prostitution and brothel keeping. She is also expected to appear at Belfast Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

A 48-year-old man arrested in connection with alleged trafficking and controlling prostitution offences has been released pending a report to the PPS.

A 55-year-old man in the greater Belfast area was also arrested under terrorism legislation on Saturday as part of the same investigation. Three other men detained on Friday under terrorism legislation remain in custody.

A total of seven people have been arrested so far, three in connection with alleged offences related to controlling prostitution and four under the Terrorism Act.